must haves for maximum impact
This if you haven't already gathered applies mostly to the ladies. And of course the ladies looking to create a special image for themselves or a significant other. There are just a couple of things that you should have with you just in case the need arises. As always if you're shooting with me there will be some accessories available like vintage jewelry and furs but not all items will be in the studio or brought to the shooting site.
The most important thing to bring if you forget everything else is a pair of black heels that fit you just right and are in good condition. Make sure you feel amazing in them. They don't need to be Louboutin, but they should be in good condition and simple in design. Either matte leather or suede.
If you cannot walk in 6" heels or you feel uncomfortable in that heel height opt for a smaller or even kitten heel. If you're uncomfortable it will show through in your final images. You're not a professional model, but I want you to look like one! And confidence really is key in doing just that. I already know you are going to look amazing in your final images I just don't want anyone to break an ankle while trying to accomplish that!
Platforms are also great for ladies not familiar with stilettos. Look for a larger heel that will add more stability and allow for you to be a little more confident on your stilts!
Hopefully you've also booked a make-up artist for our shoot together, as this really does help the final image. Professional make-up is designed for photographing in the harsh strobes. The colors will stay true once applied and stay on during the length of shooting. If you've opted to do your own make-up my number one tip is Wispies.
Several companies make this style false eyelash. Kim Kardashian wears 3 pairs at a time to get her signature look. You can pick them up at Target, Wal-Mart, or Sally Beauty supply for about $5. Just don't forget the lash glue!
Lastly if you're shooting a sexy image for your partner in crime (life) then I recommend something lace. Lace is always sexy, and revealing with giving you just a touch of mystery and coverage. Keep things classic in style and avoid loud colors like hot pink with trim. While these sets are likely super cute on the rack, I don't want to photograph the set, I want to capture the essence of you. Don't be overpowered by the lingerie itself. Make sure you try the set on, and practice some posing in the bathroom mirror. This will help you get a little confidence boost and get into the mood for our photo shoot together. I'll do my best to make you look as glamorous as you are but getting into the right frame of mind helps too! Tell yourself you're beautiful and it will shine through in everything you do. Smile and let the world know you're a confident and amazing person.
If you leave your positive and confident attitude at home, everything else won't matter. Be sure to bring your confidence for the best final images! I can't wait to capture your beautiful moment!
picture Perfect presents
It's my favorite time of the year, when gift giving starts! I have had a lifelong love for boxes, fancy boxes, gift boxes, heart shaped boxes, jewelry boxes you name it I collect it. Makes sense then when I tell you that I love to wrap presents. I'm pretty proud of my gift wrapping accomplishments so I'm going to share my techniques with you!
When my daughter was young to keep her from peeking or shaking her presents I would wrap all the gifts in themed paper for each individual receiving a gift, no tags. This made it impossible for her to figure out which gift was hers, ensuring a surprise Christmas morning. Now she's a teen and I continue to wrap presents in a theme but I don't have to worry about her shaking boxes anymore.... Here's how I do it.
Lets get started
Have the right tools. Clear off a space or table where you can work free without restrictions. Have tape, scissors, wrapping paper, ribbon and bows all at your finger tips. This will expedite your wrapping process and ensure less stress. This is the fun part remember?
Measure out the sides of the product you're wrapping and cut the entire length of the roll. You may not use all of the paper you've just cut but it keeps the remaining paper neat enough to tuck
away and easy to work with for the next gift.
You can trim off the excess from the length you've just cut and use it for another gift such as a stocking stuffer, or for scrap booking. Make sure that you will cover the back measuring all 4 sides and using a ruler or I just roll the box on the paper 4 times and cut a little more than that to ensure I'll cover the box I'm wrapping.
Crease all of the fold edges before you tape down the paper. This makes the wrapping look like it was manufactured in the wrap. Crisp and clean.
Crease the flaps as you fold into the box making a point. Gently pull the folds over to the bottom of the package and tape. This way your tape is hidden on the bottom.
Now that you're all wrapped you get to do the fun decorating and embellishing part! I am using natural ribbon with brown paper wrapping this year which will not be held in place with tape so I've wired it at the bottom to keep it together and on my package. Don't secure it too tightly however, you want it to easily slide off for whomever is unwrapping your gift.
Once my main ribbon is secure I'll use a more decorative ribbon to tie a bow at the front and make sure everything stays in place. After I add a tag and an ornament for additional fun. I've started my daughters ornament collection by tying one to each gift each year. When she moves out on her own she'll have loads of ornaments for her tree!
The finished look
This seems like a lot of words and pictures but this only took me about 6 minutes to wrap start to finish. Once you've got the technique down wrapping goes pretty quickly and your packages will look like you had them done at a fancy department store. It's all about presentation! Have fun and comment with questions and please share on Pinterest!
Everything pictured was purchased at a discount store, the trick is to go early in the season before everything is picked over. TJ Maxx and Marshalls have great offerings at a low cost. Micheal's offers loads of ribbon, and I picked up everything at 50% off. Find something beautiful to wrap your gifts in and people will be excited to open them!